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Petition from the Widows and Orphans and Mutual Aid Associations, Inc. of the San Francisco Fire Department Supporting the Raker Bill, November 24, 1913

The Widows and Orphans and Mutual Aid Associations of the San Francisco Fire Department submitted this letter requesting that Congress grant San Francisco the right to dam the Hetch Hetchy Valley. The letter came from members of the San Francisco Fire Department, including Captain Willis E. Gallatin, Jr. and Geo. F. Brown. Although the letter does not mention the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, it is likely that the firemen remembered the destruction of the subsequent fires, which became an impetus of San Francisco to pressure the government for water rights.

RG 46, Records of the U.S. Senate

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